Women's Harriers Take Third in Willamette Invite

Oct. 5, 2002

SALEM, Ore. - Even while resting two of its top three runners, the University of Oregon women's cross country team still finished third in the West Coast's biggest meet, the Willamette Invitational, hosted by Willamette University Saturday at Bush's Pasture Park.

Idaho won the women's team title in the university race with 46 points, just ahead of Auburn (second, 47) and Oregon (third, 110). Idaho's Letiwe Marakurwa won the individual 5K crown (16:58), besting Geneviere G.-Emeling of Puro Pro (second, 16:58) and Alison Rendell of Kajaks Track Club (16:59).

Junior Laura Harmon paced the Ducks (14th, 17:41), with additional scoring from senior Erinn Gulbrandsen (25th, 18:07), freshman Nicole Feest (26th, 18:08), and redshirt juniors Eri Macdonald (28th, 18:13) and Alicia Snyder-Carlson (58th, 18:57). Other Duck finishers included freshmen Krissy Sonniksen (60th, 18:59) and Chelsea Mannesh (71st, 19:16), redshirt sophomore Taylor Bryant (74th, 19:18), redshirt freshman Haripurkh Khalsa (90th, 19:49) and freshman Sabrina Turner (92nd, 19:51).

'We trained really hard this week, so some of them looked a little tired, as expected' Oregon women's head coach Tom Heinonen said, 'and that was part of the goal, to help tune-up before Pre-NCAA's. Today was also the first time for the entire team to race together, so there was some extra pressure since this will help decide who we will take to the next meet. I was also please that several of our runners ran faster today than they have before on this course.'

The Ducks raced Saturday without two of their top runners, senior Carrie Zografos and junior Magdalena Sandoval, who did not compete to avoid aggravating slight calf and hamstring injuries, respectively.

'Erinn was our highlight runner today,' Heinonen added, 'it was by far her best performance for us in a couple of years and a real boost. She gives us a real strong sixth runner when we get Carrie and Magdalena back in the picture. During the race, I thought Nicole, Erinn and Eri did a decent job working together, and encouraging each other, especially in a big field.'

In the men's university division, Portland won the team title with 21 points, ahead of Idaho (second, 65) and Cal State Fullerton (third, 69), and individually Nike's Dave Davis set a course record in the individual 8K results (23:14), edging Joe Driscoll (second, 23:40) and Nike's Nolan Swanson (third, 23:49).

Looking ahead, the No. 5 Duck men and women are schedule to compete in two weeks in the Pre-NCAA Invitational, Sat., Oct. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the NCAA Championships which will be hosted by Indiana State University, Nov. 25.


Willamette Invitational
Willamette University
Bush's Pasture Park
Salem, Ore.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002

Women's Team Results - 1, Idaho 46. 2, Auburn 47. 3, Oregon 110. 4, Hawaii 133. 5, Santa Clara 138. 6, Portland State 139. 7, Portland 142. 8, Cal State Fullerton 180. 9, Washington 'B' 194.

Women's Individual Results - 1, Letiwe Marakurwa, Idaho, 16:58. 2, Geneviere G.-Ermeling, Puro Pro, 16:58. 3, Alison Rendell, Kajaks TC, 16:59. 4, Catherine Wayokie, Auburn, 17:07. 5, Sara Reese, Auburn, 17:08. 6, Nikki Knapp, Hershey Harriers, 17:14. 7, Victoria Chang, Hawaii, 17:21. 8, Deanna O'Neil, Nike Portland, 17:23. 9, Tania VanderMuelen, Idaho, 17:26. 10, Hanna Bremler, Hawaii, 17:29.

Oregon Results - 14, Laura Harmon, 17:41. 25, Erinn Gulbrandsen, 18:07. 26, Nicole Feest, 18:08. 28, Eri Macdonald, 18:13. 58, Alicia Snyder-Carlson, 18:57. 60, Krissy Sonnisksen, 18:59. 71, Chelsea Mannesh, 19:16. 74, Taylor Bryant, 19:18. 90, Haripurkh Khalsa, 19:49. 92, Sabrina Turner, 19:51.

* Full results are available at the http://run-down.com/bearcats/wu.php and http://www.willamette.edu/athletics web sites.

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